A former Bakersfield High School football star charged with killing his wife by cutting her throat at a Utah ski town resort made his first court appearance Monday.

Anthony D. McClanahan used a wheelchair during the hearing, though there have been no previous indications of him using one, The Associated Press reported.

Defense attorney John Johnson didn't know why he needed the wheelchair, The Deseret News reported. Johnson said he's still gathering information about the Park City case.

McClanahan, 46, suffered superficial cuts in the fatal Nov. 2 struggle with his wife at the Park Regency hotel, prosecutors said in charging documents.

McClanahan is charged with murder in the death of 28-year-old Keri "KC" McClanahan. Prosecutors say her throat was cut with a small, sharp knife she wore sheathed in a paracord bracelet, authorities said.

He was found crawling on the ground outside the hotel and told police that he and his wife had been attacked.

He's also charged separately with child kidnapping. Prosecutors say he picked up his 8-year-old son from another relationship in Arizona without telling the boy's mother and took him to Salt Lake City in October, weeks before the slaying.

He did not use a wheelchair when he was arrested in October, Salt Lake County Jail Sgt. Kevin Hunter told The Associated Press. Hunter declined to comment on why McClanahan was using the wheelchair Monday, citing medical privacy laws.

McClanahan played in the Canadian Football League in the mid-1990s after a collegiate career at Washington State University and a training-camp stint with the Dallas Cowboys.


Bakersfield police are looking for three people who may be connected to a shooting early Monday morning.

Police say the incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. near the Motel 6 on White Lane in South Bakersfield. The motel clerk told police that after the shots rang out, three men were seen running away.

Officers did not locate any victims at the hotel, but a man was found with minor injuries across the street.

If you have any information, call BPD at 327-7111.


Two people have been arrested in connection with a homicide Nov. 4 in the 200 block of Truxtun Avenue.

Bakersfield police arrested Jose Martin Gonzales and Carlos Danny Garcia on Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Isaac Matthew Ortiz. Ortiz died eight days after the attack at Kern Medical Center.

Police released surveillance footage last week of three suspects from the night of the murder. The third suspect has not been arrested.

Gonzales and Garcia are expected in court Tuesday afternoon.

If you have information about the case, contact BPD at 327-7111.


A pedestrian was killed crossing a road in east Bakersfield around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses said the woman was in a crosswalk on East California Avenue near Baker Street, but did not have the right of way.

When BPD officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman in the roadway suffering from major injuries, said a BPD news release. She was later pronounced deceased.

The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, said BPD. 

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be involved in the collision. 

She was the 38th pedestrian to have died so far this year.


No one was seriously injured when a school bus and a truck collided in southwest Bakersfield Monday afternoon.

According to CHP, a truck traveling northbound on Allen Road ran a red light and struck a school bus as it was traveling eastbound on Stockdale Highway just before 2 p.m.

One student was on the bus at the time. The student's injuries were described as minor. No one involved in the crash required hospitalization.


A rock slide closed an eastbound lane of Alfred Harrell Highway for several hours Monday morning.

The CHP said debris, dirt, and rocks in the road shut down the Goodmanville Access Road around 6 a.m.